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Zero hours bill a sham – union

Date of Release: 
Thursday, November 5, 2015

The government’s Employment Standards Bill does not abolish the punitive aspects of zero hour contracts but entrenches them, according to a major private sector union.

“The Workplace Relations Minister is making an art of the political U-turn. After promising to ban the punitive aspects of zero hour contracts, he is delivering a Bill that will entrench them,” says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

Linfox workers strike as managers start work

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Linfox workers strike as managers start work on the distribution centre floor

Halloween strike as Bunnings refuses to budge on rostering

Date of Release: 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bunnings workers are returning to the picket line tomorrow after talks broke down on Friday as the company refused to compromise on rostering, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

“Bunnings wants the power to demand that workers are available for work, but without guaranteeing stable rosters.”

“Rosters are currently set by mutual agreement between managers and workers, but Bunnings wants to remove that requirement and hand bosses the power to change rosters on a whim,” says Gay.

Union calls for government investigation into dodgy labour hire practices

Date of Release: 
Monday, October 26, 2015

Calls are growing for Employment Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse to urgently audit labour hire companies as reports emerge of exploitation and non-compliance.  

“Labour hire is common practice in the logistics industry,” says FIRST Union Transport and Logistics Secretary Karl Andersen.

“Through our Logistics Workers’ Network we’re receiving alarming reports of employment law breaches.”

“Workers have come to us with evidence that some labour hire companies are not paying public holiday rates or sick leave.”

Strikes continue as Bunnings workers reject rostering proposals

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 23, 2015
After a national strike in September and a store shutdown at Bunnings New Lynn, workers from Bunnings stores in Dunedin and Christchurch (Shirley) are striking from 11am to 1pm today, says FIRST Union organiser David Bristow. 
“Bunnings is proposing a collective agreement that will mean workers lose the power to set their own rosters.”
“The company wants workers to be available for work, but without guaranteeing stable rosters,” says Bristow. 
“Under Bunning’s proposal a worker’s start and finish times could ch

Bunnings workers strike to “save our family time”

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 16, 2015

Workers at Bunnings New Lynn, Botany, Mt Wellington and Manukau will walk off the job tomorrow, meaning further disruption for Auckland DIYers after a national strike at the end of September.

Treaty of Waitangi bottom line not satisfied in TPPA – union

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The President of a leading trade union opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is warning New Zealanders that we cannot be sure whether the deal enforces protection for the Treaty of Waitangi until we’ve seen the full text.

FIRST Union stands in solidarity with E Tū

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

FIRST Union congratulates E Tū, New Zealand’s newest and largest private sector union, on its formation.

“We believe E Tū will strengthen unionisation in the private sector,” says FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid.

“FIRST Union was formed in 2011 after the merger between the National Distribution Union and Finsec. FIRST, with 27,000 members across the country, continues to grow despite a harsh industrial environment.”

“We look forward to working with E Tū,” says Reid.

“We offer our congratulations, solidarity and best wishes to E Tū for the future.”


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